International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

Expansion of the Analysis of Performance Funding Outcomes to include Critical Race Theory

Danielle Hayden and Dr. Christine Kiracofe


Performance funding is a common strategy used among state governments to appropriate higher education funding. By setting metrics, state governments seek to encourage institutions to change institutional policies to meet the stated metrics to earn funding. Available research indicates that performance funding metrics are generally ineffective in changing outcomes and have unintentional negative outcomes for historically excluded students. By introducing critical race theory to the performance funding analysis, it provides policy makers and the higher education community a different lens to consider the negative outcomes from a systemic level.